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How to protect an app whose functionality is not novel, but the GUI is

I have an app whose purpose isn't novel, but the way the GUI helps serve that purpose is. There are many apps built for this same purpose, but not a single one of them have a GUI similar to mine. I'm ...
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How long are patent records stored by patent bureau?

Suppose I'm granted a patent a month from now and it lasts for 20 years. This means that the patent bureau (such as USPTO) will have created a record which stores the patent claims and also the ...
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Are schematics essentially needed in a patent?

Is it essential to include drawings/schematics in my patent? Is there any way to convert color images into blue/white drawing somehow?
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Question re: compensation for a successful patent based on my invention

A few decades ago I had a great idea, a really novel, lucrative idea about a device, which I can bet is in your home right now. At the time I shared my invention with my then boyfriend who asked if ...
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API access to USPTO application

I'm trying to programatically access updated application information for USPTO patents including transaction details, continuity information, and dates and codes from the Image File Wrapper (IFW) ...
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When is my next patent maintenance fee due?

How can I lookup the next patent maintenance fee due on a patent? For example, I need to know when the fee is due for number 7833190. Where do I look?
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Is JPWO2011145301A1 patent granted?

The status of this patent is "granted" but I think that this patent document is just publication. if it is granted patent, please let me know where I can find the patent document.
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What does “Ep: pct application non-entry in european phase” mean?

What does "Ep: pct application non-entry in european phase" on google patents mean? The PCT patent application in question is from 2012 and the last status update is, that it has been ...
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is there any 3(i) objection under patents act for the respective claim mentioned in body?

A percutaneous method of treating the heart of a patient in a manner designed to promote normal sinus rhythm, comprising: directing an ablation catheter including a distal end percutaneously into the ...
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English translation of Belgian Patent BE629083 needed

I need the English translation of Belgian Patent BE629083. Thank you.
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What happens if non-disclosed subject matter is granted in the US?

In Europe, a limitation in a granted patent that is later found not to have been disclosed in the original application leads to the revocation of the respective claim(s) (art. 123 (2) and (3) EPC). ...
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Why Aren't Patent Expirations Listed for USPTO Gazette Vol. 1454 No. 2?

Reviewing 300+ issues of the Official Gazette Of The United States Patent And Trademark Office, from 2014 to present I noticed that only one issue — Vol. 1454 No. 2, from September 11th, 2018 — ...
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Where to query and download patent full texts?

For a research project, I need to download full-text (title, abstract, description, claims), date, and citations, for patents published in a given period (say from 2010 on) and in a given class. The ...
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Prior art for US2020233384A1 which applied reinforcement learning to wind turbines

A patent, US2020233384A1, has been filed which applies reinforcement learning to increase power from a wind turbine. It's ancestor is a Japanese patent JP2019006968A·2019-01-18. This was filed in ...
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Question regarding employee vs employer patent ownership

I am employed by a big IT consulting firm or IT services industry in USA (IT and business consulting) at the senior management level (I am not hired to develop software or IT/non IT products, but only ...
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Should I keep my patent's ownership or assign it to an entity that I own?

I am filing a pro se patent application and am wondering whether it is a good idea to assign it to an LLC that I own or to just keep it under my name. I'm assuming here for this question that it will ...
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Why do pharmaceutical patents needs to list other drugs the patented drug could be combined with?

I know this is quite a specialist subject but I thought there might be some pharma patent experts here. I am trying to understand why when you apply for a patent for a particular therapeutic compound, ...
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Can you amend a non-provisional patent application to bring in information from referenced provisional patent applications?

As the title states. Can you amend a non-provisional patent application to bring in information from referenced provisional patent applications? For example: I have a figure in the provisional that ...
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How to find if my idea for a machine that I have created, worths patenting it?

My question is very simple, I have an idea, I constructed the machine, it works. Now, the question is does it worth patenting it? I mean, the amount of money in order to patent is not little for me ...
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US 6967208 patent expiry details

The US6967208 was filed in 17 Sep 2002, published in 22 Nov 2005. With 20 years from date of filing as an expiry date for a patent it would expire on 16 Sep 2022. However needed to know if there was ...
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Is possible to patent a trading algorithm (indicator)

I know some algorithms are patentable, but not sure what are the resctrictions and limitation for this. My question is specific for a trading indicator, something like MACD, or RSI etc, is possible to ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: US7,051,342 - Method and system for remote automation of object oriented applications

This is a prior art request for U.S. Patent No. 7051342 "Method and system for remote automation of object oriented applications", belonging to Microsoft Corporation. The patent expires 2021-10-22, ...
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Patent Application Size

If I am searching for a patent agent to review a patent application, I would expect that the agent would want to understand the size / complexity of the work. How is this typically ballparked? For ...
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What information would you like to extract from patents?

I am a Natural Language Processing / Machine Learning person and I'm starting to explore the patent world. Since there are huge repositories for patents, I was wondering if any other useful ...
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What are the rules regarding the applicant being his own lexicographer?

According to the patent law, " applicant may use terms in a manner contrary to or inconsistent with one or more of their ordinary meanings if the written description clearly redefines the terms.&...
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How many drawings can a patent have?

I'm about to file a USPTO provisional patent in a couple of weeks. Is there any upper limit for the number of drawings I can have in my utility patent?
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How to draw patent illustrations?

My current organization provides support in the complete process of taking forward the invention disclosure till the last which is patent filling. But I want some help in drawing patent illustrations ...
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Purpose of drawings

Many patented devices have drawing to illustrate physical form to support functional claims. If the device is a data-collection system (using existing non-patentable components): Is the physical ...
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I would like to use this mirror for motorcycle use with different mounting as sold

In reference to the patent: USD247292 I would like to use the mirror with an "L" bracket (manufactured) installed in place of the bar end mount for off-road motorcycle use. "L" bracket would be ...
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Design Patent - Having all 7 drawings / figures on 1 page

Would it be acceptable to have all the drawings aka "the 7 standard views" for my design patent on a single page if they all fit well. The design is not very big, and I am able to fit all 7 figures on ...
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Is there any reason not to use Powerpoint for Application Drawings?

An invention has no circuits or mechanical engineering drawings, there are however maps of how to deploy sensors and maps to for sequential data flow & processing. Is there any reason not to use ...
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Patent drawings for software

I intend to file a Provisional Patent Application for the system and methods in my software and would like to then turn it into a non-provisional patent later on. This is my first time ever applying ...
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Modern Design Patent Drawings without Shading? - Example

I have been researching design patent drawings, and from what I read they typically have to be shaded, I just found an example of the GoPro Karma Drone Battery, and it appears to have no shading. Can ...
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Can I reclaim the broken line features in Design application drawings during prosecution?

Received a Obviousness rejection on design application from USPTO. The prior arts are quite close to our design, except a pattern on the bottom view. However, the pattern on the bottom view is in ...
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Can a patent drawing have numbers like 6A02, 6A04 etc?

My patent specification has around 20 chapters and each chapter has multiple drawings. My drawings are numbered like this. FIG. 1A, FIG. 1B, FIG. 2A etc. i.e. If Chapter 2 has only 2 drawings, then ...
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Drawings & workpiece: What is good practice for showing or not showing an invention in use on a workpiece in a utility patent?

In a utility patent, are there particular good practice rules regarding depicting an invention being used on a workpiece? Should or can the lines of the workpiece be heavier, lighter, solid, broken, ...
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In drawings, should a repeated pattern but on two different sides of a device have different numbers?

In drawings for a utility patent application, if you have a measurement index pattern repeated on two sides of a tool. Each side is shown in the drawings. Should each index set have a different number ...
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What are the rules for drawing a system diagram in patent drawings?

I've made drawings to my patent application, presenting exemplary embodiment of a distributed network of nodes. I have few questions: Must the system diagrams, illustrating nodes in distributed ...
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Should a patent claim (all) possible applications?

Do I have to claim future applications of an intervention? Do I need an application at all? In this article it is written: Zwar wird in Patentanmeldungen üblicherweise nur eine Erfindung beschrieben, ...
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Is patent search reserved to agents or attorneys? Is searcher accountable?

Is providing "search services" (like patent search, patent landscape, freedom to operate analysis and so on) reserved to patent agents or patent attorneys or is it a service that any company can ...
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Defining broadest term for claiming

I'm considering the case in which I have an invention and the subject matter is a (computer) web server. So: the first exemplary embodiment would be based on a “web server”, but since I don't want to ...
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Utilizing existing already manufactured products

If two existing products manufactured in USA, with a US brand, that are unrelated and assembled (assembled requiring some machining and hardware) and utilized for a completely different application ...
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Is it a good idea to publish the white paper describing the technology right after filing patent application?

I will publish patent application and I want to share my invention with others right after that. I want to see if there will be any interest from investors. Are there any dangers associated with such ...
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When does an inventor first learn who is her patent examiner?

After a patent is filed, the USPTO typically mails back the filing receipt before assigning the patent to an examiner. How long does it typically take to assign an examiner? When/how does the inventor ...
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Finding most important patent of a company

Is there a way to find most important patents for any company for example: Apple or any other company? On google patents, I can search for patents assigned to a particular company, is there a way to ...
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If the IP office receiving my first application do not conduct prior art search, how will I attach prior art search results in foreign application?

If the IP office that received my first application as a rule do not conduct prior art search, how will I be able to attach prior art search results in foreign applications that claim priority to that ...
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How can I extend my protection to alternative embodiments?

I missed some alternative embodiments of my invention which can be considered as well known for the skilled person. I filed few national applications claiming priority over the first one. A year after ...
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Former employer asking for assignment rights

My previous employer (I quit ~3 years ago) had an IP law firm reach out to me to ask me to sign a "COMPLETE ASSIGNMENT OF PATENT RIGHTS DEED". The patent was eventually issued in the US, ...
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When an unnecessary inventor is listed in EP & US patent

In the US and EP, if an unnecessary inventor who has not contributed to the invention at all is listed as one of the inventors, can it be invalidated, challenged, or restricted exercise? In this case,...
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How to get a patent or patent application permalink at the USPTO website?

I'd like to link to certain patents or patent applications filed with the USPTO. Google Patents makes this relatively straightforward, hosting patents & applications at this URL scheme: http:/...

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